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What's the difference between a cold and a flu?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Fever and vomiting
Cold: sore throat, nasal congestion and drainage, and cough.
Fevers may occur in children, but are uncommon in adults. Flu: sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches, soreness, congestion, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea may also occur. Both are caused by viruses and usually last for 3-7 days.

In brief: Fever and vomiting
Cold: sore throat, nasal congestion and drainage, and cough.
Fevers may occur in children, but are uncommon in adults. Flu: sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches, soreness, congestion, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea may also occur. Both are caused by viruses and usually last for 3-7 days.
Dr. Joshua Batt
Dr. Joshua Batt
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
They may be hard to distinguish, but the flu usually makes you feel worse!
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Similar
A "cold" and the "flu" are types of viral infections that cause upper respiratory and lower respiratory tract symptoms.
A cold is cause by several different type of viruses. Flu refers to influenza a specific type of virus. Flu tends to be more severe than "colds" and can be prevented or attenuated by yearly "flu shots".

In brief: Similar
A "cold" and the "flu" are types of viral infections that cause upper respiratory and lower respiratory tract symptoms.
A cold is cause by several different type of viruses. Flu refers to influenza a specific type of virus. Flu tends to be more severe than "colds" and can be prevented or attenuated by yearly "flu shots".
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Dr. Mohammad Homsi
It is very common among general population to mistaken between cold and flu
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